[THE IRREGULARS] - Economies of deviation
An exhibition- and publication project by Anna Bromley, Michael Fesca, Sarah Hillnhütter, Eylem Sengezer and Olga von Schubert
With works by Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Anna Bromley, Bill Dietz, Marcelo Expósito, Harun Farocki, Michael Fesca, Karin Harrasser/Alexander Martos, Fabian Hesse, Klara Hobza, Folke Köbberling/Martin Kaltwasser, Wolfgang Müller, Prinz Gholam, Nasan Tur.
nGbK (New Society of Visual Art) Berlin.
20 April - 2 June 2013.
@ Beletage, Heinrich Böll-Stiftung Berlin.
Contributions i.e. by Michael Makropoulos, Jasmin Siri, Kai van Eikels, Karin Harrasser, Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt.
Offices and companies no longer make much in the way of products, instead creating immaterial goods and services. Their means of production are neither machines nor financial capital, rather the knowledge they possess, the language in which they articulate it and the emotions with which and in which they do business. Performance is delivered in the form of cooperation and communication. Education and publicity, in equal measure, are gradually becoming the keys to professional, financial and social success.
Joseph Beuys’ credo that “everyone is an artist” is becoming a double–edged truth for working and producing people: creativity, flexibility and publicity are increasingly in demand and many people are under pressure to become virtuoso performers in their respective fields. Freedom can become a commandment and deviation the rule. Artistic economies have long since begun to permeate other walks of life, blurring the borders between art and work and demanding virtuosity.
Given these circumstances, what do virtuoso, dilettante and nerdy working practices and strategies of divergence have in common? They represent the hinge moment between art and work, abstracting themselves from evaluation criteria and becoming a form of expertise in their own right. The exhibition focuses on strategies of the virtuoso, the dillettante and the downright nerdy.
Glossary of Inflationary Terms (from the dilettante to the virtuoso).
With contributions by Mercedes Bunz, Alice Creischer, Karin Harrasser/Aino Korvensyrjä, Christoph Menke, Wolfgang Müller, Nicole Karafyllis, Judith Siegmund, Christine Sun Kim, Kai van Eikels, Jan Verwoert, Uwe Wirth and others. 240 pages, in German, ISBN: 978-3-938515-51-8
Katrin Baumer for Goethe-Institute
Jasmin Siri for SozBlog
Inga Barthels for taz
Fabian Reifferscheidt for Eiskellerberg
Antje Stahl for Monopol